Spider-Man: Far From Home
|Spider-Man: Far From Home|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jon Watts|
|Music by||Michael Giacchino|
|Cinematography||Matthew J. Lloyd|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|Box office||$110.8 million|
Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Parker is recruited by Nick Fury and Mysterio to face elemental threats from another dimension while he is on a school trip to Europe.
By October 2016, discussions had begun for a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, with a release date given to the film before the end of the year. Holland was confirmed to return in July 2017, with Watts and the writers also confirmed to return by the end of that year. In 2018, Jackson and Gyllenhaal joined the cast as Fury and Mysterio, respectively. Holland revealed the sequel’s title ahead of filming, which began in July 2018 and took place in England, the Czech Republic, Italy, and the New York metropolitan area. Production wrapped in October 2018. The film’s marketing campaign attempted to avoid revealing spoilers for Avengers: Endgame prior to its April 2019 release.
Spider-Man: Far From Home premiered in Hollywood on June 26, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 2, 2019, in 3D and IMAX. The film was positively reviewed, with critics calling it a “fun and satisfying sequel” and praised the performances of the cast, particularly Holland and Gyllenhaal. It has grossed $110 million worldwide.
Plot ***Mild Spoilers***
In Mexico, Nick Fury and Maria Hill encounter a storm, which is revealed to be the Earth Elemental. A superpowered man, Quentin Beck, arrives to fight the creature. In New York City, the Midtown School of Science and Technology restarts its academic year to accommodate the students who were among those resurrected by Bruce Banner eight months earlier.[N 1] The school organizes a two-week summer field trip to Europe. Peter Parker, while still distraught over Tony Stark‘s death,[N 1] plans to confess his growing feelings for classmate MJ. He attends a fundraiser for the homeless, coordinated by his Aunt May. There he disconnects a call from Fury and leaves after being posed questions about Stark.
In Venice, Italy, during the trip, Parker and his friends are among those attacked by the Water Elemental, which proceeds to wreak havoc on the city; Beck arrives and destroys the creature, while Parker attempts to help. Fury sabotages Parker’s trip and gives him Stark’s glasses, which were meant for his successor. The glasses are equipped with the artificial intelligence E.D.I.T.H., which has access to all databases of Stark Industries, and can launch weapons at command. Beck claims the Elementals killed his family and that he hails from a different reality, one among many in the Multiverse. Parker rejects Fury’s plea for help and rejoins his class, but Fury covertly redirects the school trip’s itinerary to Prague, where the Fire Elemental is projected to strike. It appears there at a carnival, but Beck, with Parker’s help, destroys it. Fury and Hill invite Parker and Beck to Berlin to discuss the formation of a new superhero team. Parker considers Beck worthy of being Stark’s successor and bequeaths him the E.D.I.T.H. glasses.
MJ deduces Parker is Spider-Man. They discover that a piece of detritus she retrieved during the battle is a projector that presents an image of the Air Elemental. The two realize Beck is a fraud. At a nearby pub, Beck — a former holographic-illusions specialist at Stark Industries who was fired for his unstable nature — thanks his team of fellow ex-Stark employees. Parker travels to Berlin and meets with Fury, only to realize that the version before him is an illusion created by Beck. Parker battles multiple illusions and is ultimately hit by a train….
This should have been called, Night Monkey. I enjoyed this one a lot, and recommend it highly, as a great time for all ages. They do an excellent job of keeping the scope of the film small enough for Spider-Man. The teen love angle(s), and the adult love angle are entertaining, and as with all things Marvel, it has a bucket full of belly laughs. The audience cried, the audience cheered, and they clapped at the end. Fun for all. A Summer must see! Highly recommended. 5 stars – MR